Topic: General

Rebekah Moan

One of the things that’s been bugging me is the disposable nature of the goods our society makes. Appliances aren’t built to last anymore, they’re built to break, because if something breaks then we’ll buy another one.

A few years ago I had to return a cable box or internet router, something like that, to AT&T. The UPS store THREW AWAY perfectly good power chargers and cables because AT&T doesn’t take them back. That means working, functional cords and cables end up in a landfill. I’m angry just thinking about it. Where is the reverence for life? Why aren’t we holding inanimate objects as sacred? Should inanimate even be sacred? Is something only sacred if it has a soul? Do inanimate objects have a soul?

When I stare into the eyes of something living and breathing, like a cat, it’s easy to say, “Yes, this creature has a soul.” But what about something like a rock? Or something man-made like concrete?

Right now I'm trying to hold everything as sacred.
Right now I’m trying to hold everything as sacred.

In my quest for the answer, I turned to the work of my spiritual teacher, who seems to have written about everything. He said there are two components to everything in the world: consciousness and Prakriti. Prakriti is a Sanskrit word that has no English equivalent but is similar to nature, or creation. Prakriti has to use consciousness to create anything; it’s the basic building block for all of life. It’s like a sculptor using clay to mold different shapes: The clay becomes a pot, a vase, a cow, but its origination is still clay.

Obviously there’s a difference between a cat and a calla lily (many differences, actually) and part of that difference according to my spiritual teacher, is the exertion of Prakriti. When the force of Prakriti is strong, the creation becomes more dense or crude. When the force of Prakriti is weaker, the creation becomes more light or subtle. If I’m maintaining my clay analogy here, Prakriti can be likened to soil and consciousness to water. The more Prakriti, the more soil, the thicker the clay. The more consciousness, the more water, the thinner the clay. A rock is very crude and dense so it has more Prakriti than consciousness, but it still has consciousness.

If a rock has consciousness, what does that mean for us? For me, yesterday as I walked down the street, my feet pounding the pavement, it meant the world took on a different hue. It meant I starting thinking about how concrete has a consciousness. How everything around me is sacred and an expression of consciousness/source/the divine. No longer is a piece of cardboard a meaningless bit of disposable packaging, but instead something more precious that it pains me to toss away so easily. Everything suddenly becomes more valuable and something I want to express my reverence for.

I’m not sure I can articulate what I mean, but there’s something about knowing that the keys upon which I type have consciousness that makes the experience more transcendent and special. It brings out the caretaker in me who wants to make sure every object is used to its fullest capacity. It changes my mindset from, “I can throw this away and always get another one,” to, “I want to cherish and reuse this for as long as I can.”

I dream of a world where we all have a reverence for everything. A world where we treat ourselves and everything around us as sacred. A world where we cherish each and every thing in the known universe because we recognize it, too, has consciousness.

Another world is not only possible, it’s probable.

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Regina Dawn Akers

rainbow

In this audio we looked at our commitment to awakening.
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Read along in the journal
You can listen to all of the Seven Steps audios at this link.


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Regina Dawn Akers

GinaLake

Gina Lake was a wonderful guest for our monthly online Satsang. She was authentic, clear and generous with her sharing.
In 1999, Gina Lake awakened to her true nature. After awakening, she discovered her purpose, which is writing and teaching in order to help people be in the present moment and live happy and fulfilled lives. Gina teaches that both are possible by shedding light on the ego and other programming or conditioning that interferes with that.
Gina has written many books including From Stress to Stillness, Trusting Life, Radical Happiness, Embracing the Now, Choosing Love, Ten Teachings for One World, Getting Free, Living in the Now, Return to Essence, Anatomy of Desire, A Heroic Life, and The Jesus Trilogy (Choice and Will, Love and Surrender, and Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality).
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Regina Dawn Akers
GinaLakeHi Everyone,
Please join me in the Awakening Together Sanctuary as I interviews Gina Lake for Awakening Together’s Monthly Satsang on Sunday, May 17 at 8pm ET.
In 1999, Gina Lake awakened to her true nature. After awakening, she discovered her purpose, which is writing and teaching in order to help people be in the present moment and live happy and fulfilled lives. Gina teaches that both are possible by shedding light on the ego and other programming or conditioning that interferes with that.
Gina’s teachings are most similar to Eckhart Tolle’s, Byron Katie’s, Adyashanti’s, and A Course in Miracles. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years’ experience supporting people in their spiritual growth.
Gina has written many books including From Stress to Stillness, Trusting Life, Radical Happiness, Embracing the Now, Choosing Love, Ten Teachings for One World, Getting Free, Living in the Now, Return to Essence, Anatomy of Desire, A Heroic Life, and The Jesus Trilogy (Choice and Will, Love and Surrender, and Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality).
To learn more about Gina, visit her website and be sure to attend online Satsang in the Awakening Together Sanctuary!
Love, Regina


Regina Dawn Akers
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Regina Dawn Akers
NTI Revelation 6 from 5/12/15
at the Center for Inner Peace in Pueblo, CO:
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Weekly assignment from this audio:
Notice when you are in fear,
& try to shift to an attitude of trust.
NTI audios are permanently archived on this page.


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Regina Dawn Akers
I want to share Bentinho Massaro’s LiveStream video from last Monday night in Boulder, Colorado. It is titled ‘Total Surrender: Die Before You Die.”
In this teaching, Bentinho leads listeners on a guided realization experience of “die before you die.” Try to give this teaching your full attention. It may take you into the depths of letting go so that you experience total release. If you’ve never been quite sure what “letting go” means, you might learn through your own direct experience as Bentinho guides you through this “die before you die” experience.
The full audio is about 1 hour and 38 minutes long. I recommend watching it when you can watch without other distractions.
FYI: Bentinho will be one of the facilitators at Awakening Together’s Fall Retreat in Colorado Springs. Jan Frazier and I will be the other facilitators. This retreat is a bit unique, because you can choose to come for one facilitator, two or all three.

Click Here for Complete Details on the Fall Retreat


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